The Resource The Dark Box

The Dark Box

Label
The Dark Box
Title
The Dark Box
Statement of responsibility
John Cornwell
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Would you tell your deepest secrets to a relative stranger? And if you did, would you feel vulnerable? Cleansed? Or perhaps even worse than you did before?Confession has always performed a complex role in society, always created mixed feelings in its practitioners. As an acknowledgement of sinfulness, it can provide immense psychological relief; but while aiming to replace remorse with innocence, its history has become inextricably intertwined with eroticism and shame.The Dark Box is an erudite and personal history; Cornwell draws on his own memories of Catholic boyhood, and weaves it with the story of confession from its origins in the early church to the current day, where its enduring psychological potency is evidenced by everything from the Vatican's 'confession app' to Oprah Winfrey's talk shows. Since the 16th century, seclusion of two individuals in the intimate 'dark box', often discussing sexual actions and thoughts, has eroticised the experience of confession. When, in 1905, Pius X made confession a weekly, rather than yearly ritual, the horrific cases of child abuse which have haunted the Catholic church in the twentieth century became possible
Summary
A prize-winning historian discusses the centuries-old Catholic sacrament of mandatory confession, and theorizes how lowering the age of confession to seven in the early 20th century gave priests unprecedented access to young boys and girls, enabling the exploitation that followed
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10297890
Cataloging source
DLC
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1940-
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Cornwell, John
Dewey number
264.0208609
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • History
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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a secret history of confession
Label
The Dark Box
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Publication
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Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781847659545
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optical disk
Label
The Dark Box
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:da2b9ad3-abaa-4e30-8a00-f1744c0054e0
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781847659545
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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